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Aaron L. Friedberg Speaker Profile
Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University
Former Deputy Assistant for National Security Affairs
– International security
– East Asia
– Foreign/defense policy
– Political economy
Aaron L. Friedberg is Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University, where he has taught since 1987, and co-director of the Woodrow Wilson School’s Center for International Security Studies.
He is also a non-resident senior fellow of the German Marshall Fund of the United States and founding board member and president of the Alexander Hamilton Society, a nationwide organization dedicated to promoting debate on issues of foreign and defense policy at colleges and universities. Friedberg is the author of The Weary Titan: Britain and the Experience of Relative Decline, 1895-1905 (winner of the Edgar S. Furniss Award for the best first book in the field of national security studies) and In the Shadow of the Garrison State: America's Anti-Statism and its Cold War Grand Strategy, both published by Princeton University Press, and co-editor (with Richard Ellings) of three volumes in the National Bureau of Asian Research's annual "Strategic Asia" series.
His latest book A Contest for Supremacy: China, America and the Struggle for Mastery in Asia was published in August 2011 by W.W. Norton. It has been translated into Korean, Chinese (modern and traditional characters) and Japanese. Friedberg’s articles and essays have appeared in a number of publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Commentary, The National Interest, The American Interest, The Weekly Standard, Foreign Affairs, The Washington Quarterly, Survival, and International Security. In 2001-2002 Friedberg was selected as the first occupant of the Henry A. Kissinger Chair at the Library of Congress.
He has been a research fellow at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, the Norwegian Nobel Institute, the Smithsonian Institution's Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and Harvard University's Center for International Affairs. Dr. Friedberg served from June 2003 to June 2005 as Deputy Assistant for National Security Affairs and Director of Policy Planning in the office of the Vice President. After leaving government he was appointed to the Defense Policy Board and the Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on Democracy Promotion. He has been a consultant to various agencies of the U.S. government, including the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Security Council, and the Office of Net Assessment in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
During the 2012 presidential election Dr. Friedberg was co-chair of the Asia-Pacific working group and the China transition team for the Romney campaign.
Friedberg received his AB in 1978 and his PhD in 1986, both from Harvard University.
He is a member of the editorial boards of Joint Forces Quarterly and The Journal of Strategic Studies and a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies and the Council on Foreign Relations.
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